Moroccan Crisis, First

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Bernhard von Bülow (1849—1929)

Wilhelm II (1859—1941) emperor of Germany 1888–1918


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In an effort to split the Anglo-French Entente Cordiale concluded a year earlier, the German Chancellor Bülow convinced Emperor Wilhelm II to land at Tangier in order to demonstrate German support for Moroccan independence against the spread of French influence. Bülow had calculated that the risk of war would make Britain reluctant to support French claims against Germany. In the international crisis that ensued, the French foreign minister, Delcassé, had to resign. However, the French agreement to an international conference and its acceptance of Moroccan neutrality was a superficial victory for the Germans. The Entente Cordiale was strengthened through British support for France and the intensified impression of a German threat to their common interests.

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